ABSU opposes four language formulation in state  

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HT Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Nov 28: The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) has strongly opposed the four-language formulation proposed by the state government in Assam and termed that the four-language formula is not suited for today’s era. The union has further asked the state government to stop harassing the young generation by imposing compulsory four language methodology.

Addressing media persons at a press conference held on Sunday at the Bodofa House in Kokrajhar, ABSU president Dipen Boro and general secretary Khanindra Basumatary expressed their concern over the policy and implementation of some of the decisions of the Assam government and appealed to review such decisions in order to provide legitimate rights to all.

The students’ union has demanded intact availability for three language formula instead of four language maintaining the national policy for three languages, i.e., mother tongue, Hindi & English.

The union leaders said that the postgraduate teacher (PGT) TET recruitment advertisement, which was published on September 7 last, against 2,272 posts of PGT teachers did not have an option for Bodo language because of which none of the candidates of the Bodo medium could apply for the posts. Because of the lack of options, many deserving candidates were deprived of the opportunity.

They further added that when the students union raised the matter to the government, the chief minister of Assam assured them about creating around 400 posts for Bodo medium by upgrading 40 numbers of existing High school and Higher secondary but this has not been done yet.

On the NIPUN Bharat programme, the student union said that the mission director office of Samagra Shiksha, Assam had published an advertisement on October 7 last for different posts of project management units under state and district level of consultant, data analyst, etc., under National Initiative for Proficiency in reading with Understanding and Numeracy (NIPUN Bharat) as part of the Foundational Literacy and Numeracy in which it is clearly mentioned about proficiency in Assamese and English only, with expertise in written and verbal medium. It is an act of clear negligence towards the Bodo language that deprived Bodo students from this opportunity. As a recognized 8th schedule language and associate official language of Assam, the students union demanded for inclusion of Bodo at the earliest. About the Assam Police recruitment, the students union leaders said the Assam police, the office of the chairman, state level police recruitment board, Assam mentioned Bodo language for written exam only in four districts of BTR.

Taking into account the Bodo candidates’ availability in various districts of Assam, the Union demanded to conduct the tests in Bodo language in the line of Assamese and English instead of only in BTR. About the Assam Judicial Service exam, the students union said that since 2009 the Assamese language option is made compulsory for the candidates in the examination of Assam Judicial Service because of which Bodo candidates have been deprived from qualifying the examination in the last 12 years which is a clear negligence towards the Bodo language in the state.

The students’ union leaders demanded for early inclusion of Bodo language along with Assamese to provide justice to the aspiring candidates. As the Assam government with Gazette Notification amended the Assam Official Language Act, 1960 and included Bodo as Associate Language of Assam due to the inclusion of Bodo in Eight Schedule of the Indian Constitution, most of the state and central government offered Bodo in various competitive exams including the UPSC.

About the recent controversy surrounding the APSC qualifying paper (Language), the students union appealed to the government to rethink the decision of withdrawing English, Assamese, Bodo & Bengali language from APSC exam and to reinstate the same in the UPSC syllabus.

In medical admission, the ABSU leaders said that in connection with the selection for MBBS admission of the non-Bonafide category in the list of ST reservation, the Union demanded for a special enquiry into the incident in order to provide justice to the aspiring ST students.

The students union leaders demanded early steps for solution of all the issues to the concerned authority and urged the chief minister of Assam for special intervention on the matter. Further, the Union will put its pressure and fight with peaceful democratic means to get justice, the leaders concluded.

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